“Joe? You’re gonna like this. So, I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, ‘You know, with this Republi– with the way politics of Washington are today, there’d still be slavery. Lincoln wouldn’t have been able to navigate the polarization between the media, between this.’ It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide.”
— NBC’s Chuck Todd, today.
And then there’s this item:
Kansas City sportswriter Jason Whitlock loves to stoke controversy. So after he blamed Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide on the “gun culture” — inspiring NBC Sports lecturer Bob Costas — in an interview with Roland Martin, he added fuel to the fire by claiming “the NRA is the new KKK.”
And as Ben Shapiro of Big Journalism writes in response to Whitlock’s initial rant:
“What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kassandra Perkins would both be alive today,” wrote Whitlock. That’s silly. If Belcher wanted to kill his girlfriend and then himself, he didn’t need a gun to do it. And no matter how much Whitlock propounds that “Handguns do not enhance our safety,” Kasandra Perkins would have had a much better shot at life if she’d been the one with the handgun.
See also a former athlete turned sports journalist Costas previously worked with at NBC: